Whether you’re looking to change jobs or just starting your cosmetology education, it’s time to create an awesome resume that will stand out and get you noticed. Check out these helpful tips from beauty professionals to build a winning resume and get you on the path towards landing your dream job in the beauty and wellness industry.
Find the Beauty Resume Template that Best Highlights Your Strengths
Do a quick Google search and you’ll find plenty of professional beauty resume templates that are specifically designed for the type of job you’re seeking as hair stylist/hair dresser, barber, esthetician, nail technician, makeup artist, or massage therapist.
Choose a template that is clean, professional, and easy to read. Once you’ve selected your favorite, cater it to fit your specific needs. For example, if you lack professional experience, you may want to start off your resume by highlighting your skills, education, or career goals instead of experience.
Showcase Your Most Recent and Relevant Beauty Experiences & Capabilities
If you do have work experience to share, start with your current job first and work backwards from there. Include how long you have worked at each job, as well as listing out your specific job responsibilities, and highlighting your accomplishments. If possible, include stats or data that show how you’ve contributed to your workplace’s growth (you brought in X number of new clients in X months, for example).
If you have many years of experience in the beauty industry, don’t feel like you have to list every job you’ve ever had. You may want to limit it to the most recent five positions you’ve held.
While you definitely want to keep your resume brief (shoot for no more than one full page), provide details about delivering different kinds of beauty services such as cutting and coloring hair, straightening or perming services, waxing, manicuring, applying facials, etc. Also include information about your stellar customer service skills and your ability to successfully sell beauty products – those are skills that most salons and spas value.
Keep Your Resume Brief, Positive, and Compelling
According to TheLadders, recruiters only spend about six seconds reviewing a resume. That’s not a lot of time to make a great first impression.
Keep your resume brief, engaging, and easy to scan through with bulleted lists. Lead off with action words (creates, drives, empowers, organizes) and use present tense for your current job and past tense for previous jobs.
Avoid any negative language and also avoid the temptation to “pad” your resume by exaggerating your responsibilities or skills.
Finally, be sure to include your contact information, as well as a link to your website/online portfolio, so interested employers can reach you, learn more about you, and see what you’re capable of.
Proofread, Proofread, Proofread!
Wait! Before you send out that beautiful beauty resume, check it for typos, misspelled words (use spellcheck), poor grammar or formatting issues. Then check it again. Then enlist some friends, family or even one of your instructors to review it as well. Show your future employers that you are detail-oriented and meticulous with your perfect resume.
Students that have enrolled in programs at Sunstate Academy have gone on to doing what they love. Get your resume in shape by enrolling in one of the programs that best fit your particular passion, and get ready to embark on a beautiful future! Contact us today for more information or schedule your own tour. We can’t wait to meet you.